Together Forever (Orphan Train #2)

Together Forever (Orphan Train #2)

Will the mistakes of their past cost them a chance at love? Determined to find her lost younger sister, Marianne Neumann takes a job as a placing agent with the Children's Aid Society in 1858 New York. She not only hopes to offer children a better life, but prays she'll be able to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train so they can finally be re Will the mistakes of their past cost them a chance at love? Determined to find her lost younger sister, Marianne N...

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Title:Together Forever (Orphan Train #2)
Author:Jody Hedlund
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0764218050
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:343 pages pages

Together Forever (Orphan Train #2) Reviews

  • Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
    Jun 25, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

    The wagon orphan trains of the past drew me to this book and truthfully the series since I worked in an orphanage two summers back in '08 and '09. The plight of these children in this book was especially sad and I found my heart breaking a number of times. I cannot imagine the logi...

    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train Series. As usual, Jody Hedlund has woven a terrific tale. She capably turns her research into a realistic story that tugs at your heart. She puts you right in the story through the setting and you feel the plig...

    " 'Go away!' . . .. . . But the steps grew nearer. 'Don't come around the desk. Please . . .. ' " Not the most traditional of introductions, but maybe it was just meant to be, that Marianne Neumann and Andrew Brady should happen to meet under such entertaining circumstances. Both we...

    2.5 stars. Rtc ...

    Jody Hedlund never disappoints! I can always count on a good read when I pick up one her books and Together Forever was fantastic. This is book two of her Orphan Train series. I loved reading about Marianne's trip on the placing out train trip. Ms. Hedlund did a wonderful job of recrea...

    Together Forever is the second book in Jody Hedlunds Orphan Train series. Though this book can stand alone, I do recommend reading the first. It will help you better understand the characters in this read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It isn?t often, if ever, that I?ve read a...

    Together Forever is what I have been waiting for all year. I absolutely loved Jody Hedlund?s beginning of her Orphan Train series, With You Always. The wait for book two was well worth it. I love how the author uses vivid historical details for her stories. She knows how to transport...

    In all honesty, when I requested a review copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, I did hesitate?just a little. You see, along with mail-order brides and Amish courtships, orphan trains can tend to lend themselves to formulaic and rehashed plots. But I just suspected that Jody Hedlu...

    Jody Hedlund has yet to write a book (that I've read) that I haven't loved. Her Orphan Train series has captured my heart and my mind. Waiting between releases is torture. Having the book sitting on my stack waiting it's turn to read? Inhumane. I mean, I have a schedule for a reason bu...

    The second book in Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series is just as captivating as the first one. You can totally read Together Forever as a standalone novel but I do feel like you'll get some of the emotional undercurrents better if you've read With You Always. And this is such an amazin...

    My list of book to read keeps growing. I haven't read the first book in this series, and now I NEED to because I enjoyed this one! This book is set in New York City, a train, and rural town in the country. I liked "seeing" the transition between city life and country life in the 185...

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    May 18, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

  • Carole Jarvis
    Jun 05, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

  • Laura
    May 24, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

    The wagon orphan trains of the past drew me to this book and truthfully the series since I worked in an orphanage two summers back in '08 and '09. The plight of these children in this book was especially sad and I found my heart breaking a number of times. I cannot imagine the logi...

    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train Series. As usual, Jody Hedlund has woven a terrific tale. She capably turns her research into a realistic story that tugs at your heart. She puts you right in the story through the setting and you feel the plig...

    " 'Go away!' . . .. . . But the steps grew nearer. 'Don't come around the desk. Please . . .. ' " Not the most traditional of introductions, but maybe it was just meant to be, that Marianne Neumann and Andrew Brady should happen to meet under such entertaining circumstances. Both we...

    2.5 stars. Rtc ...

    Jody Hedlund never disappoints! I can always count on a good read when I pick up one her books and Together Forever was fantastic. This is book two of her Orphan Train series. I loved reading about Marianne's trip on the placing out train trip. Ms. Hedlund did a wonderful job of recrea...

    Together Forever is the second book in Jody Hedlunds Orphan Train series. Though this book can stand alone, I do recommend reading the first. It will help you better understand the characters in this read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It isn?t often, if ever, that I?ve read a...

    Together Forever is what I have been waiting for all year. I absolutely loved Jody Hedlund?s beginning of her Orphan Train series, With You Always. The wait for book two was well worth it. I love how the author uses vivid historical details for her stories. She knows how to transport...

    In all honesty, when I requested a review copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, I did hesitate?just a little. You see, along with mail-order brides and Amish courtships, orphan trains can tend to lend themselves to formulaic and rehashed plots. But I just suspected that Jody Hedlu...

    Jody Hedlund has yet to write a book (that I've read) that I haven't loved. Her Orphan Train series has captured my heart and my mind. Waiting between releases is torture. Having the book sitting on my stack waiting it's turn to read? Inhumane. I mean, I have a schedule for a reason bu...

    The second book in Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series is just as captivating as the first one. You can totally read Together Forever as a standalone novel but I do feel like you'll get some of the emotional undercurrents better if you've read With You Always. And this is such an amazin...

    My list of book to read keeps growing. I haven't read the first book in this series, and now I NEED to because I enjoyed this one! This book is set in New York City, a train, and rural town in the country. I liked "seeing" the transition between city life and country life in the 185...

    Jody Hedlund does it again. I am blown away by what an amazing author she is. Somehow, within just a few short pages, she can pull you into a story and make you not want to leave until it is finished. I have to be honest. I did not like Marianne as a character in the first book, With...

    Ms. Hedlund has a gift for transporting the reader to a different time and place in her writing. Together Forever is no exception. Beginning in New York City with several orphans in need of permanent loving homes, Marianne and Drew work together with children of various ages and backgr...

    TOGETHER FOREVER is a really, really good book. I actually cried at the end, it was such a beautiful ending. I really got into the book, I sympathized with the characters very strongly. They became real. Ms. Hedlund used a lot a humor and I felt the emotions that the agents had...

  • Chautona Havig
    May 22, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

    The wagon orphan trains of the past drew me to this book and truthfully the series since I worked in an orphanage two summers back in '08 and '09. The plight of these children in this book was especially sad and I found my heart breaking a number of times. I cannot imagine the logi...

    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train Series. As usual, Jody Hedlund has woven a terrific tale. She capably turns her research into a realistic story that tugs at your heart. She puts you right in the story through the setting and you feel the plig...

    " 'Go away!' . . .. . . But the steps grew nearer. 'Don't come around the desk. Please . . .. ' " Not the most traditional of introductions, but maybe it was just meant to be, that Marianne Neumann and Andrew Brady should happen to meet under such entertaining circumstances. Both we...

    2.5 stars. Rtc ...

    Jody Hedlund never disappoints! I can always count on a good read when I pick up one her books and Together Forever was fantastic. This is book two of her Orphan Train series. I loved reading about Marianne's trip on the placing out train trip. Ms. Hedlund did a wonderful job of recrea...

    Together Forever is the second book in Jody Hedlunds Orphan Train series. Though this book can stand alone, I do recommend reading the first. It will help you better understand the characters in this read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It isn?t often, if ever, that I?ve read a...

    Together Forever is what I have been waiting for all year. I absolutely loved Jody Hedlund?s beginning of her Orphan Train series, With You Always. The wait for book two was well worth it. I love how the author uses vivid historical details for her stories. She knows how to transport...

    In all honesty, when I requested a review copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, I did hesitate?just a little. You see, along with mail-order brides and Amish courtships, orphan trains can tend to lend themselves to formulaic and rehashed plots. But I just suspected that Jody Hedlu...

  • Maureen Timerman
    May 05, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

  • Beth
    Apr 30, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

  • Nancee
    May 16, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

    The wagon orphan trains of the past drew me to this book and truthfully the series since I worked in an orphanage two summers back in '08 and '09. The plight of these children in this book was especially sad and I found my heart breaking a number of times. I cannot imagine the logi...

    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train Series. As usual, Jody Hedlund has woven a terrific tale. She capably turns her research into a realistic story that tugs at your heart. She puts you right in the story through the setting and you feel the plig...

    " 'Go away!' . . .. . . But the steps grew nearer. 'Don't come around the desk. Please . . .. ' " Not the most traditional of introductions, but maybe it was just meant to be, that Marianne Neumann and Andrew Brady should happen to meet under such entertaining circumstances. Both we...

    2.5 stars. Rtc ...

    Jody Hedlund never disappoints! I can always count on a good read when I pick up one her books and Together Forever was fantastic. This is book two of her Orphan Train series. I loved reading about Marianne's trip on the placing out train trip. Ms. Hedlund did a wonderful job of recrea...

    Together Forever is the second book in Jody Hedlunds Orphan Train series. Though this book can stand alone, I do recommend reading the first. It will help you better understand the characters in this read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It isn?t often, if ever, that I?ve read a...

    Together Forever is what I have been waiting for all year. I absolutely loved Jody Hedlund?s beginning of her Orphan Train series, With You Always. The wait for book two was well worth it. I love how the author uses vivid historical details for her stories. She knows how to transport...

    In all honesty, when I requested a review copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, I did hesitate?just a little. You see, along with mail-order brides and Amish courtships, orphan trains can tend to lend themselves to formulaic and rehashed plots. But I just suspected that Jody Hedlu...

    Jody Hedlund has yet to write a book (that I've read) that I haven't loved. Her Orphan Train series has captured my heart and my mind. Waiting between releases is torture. Having the book sitting on my stack waiting it's turn to read? Inhumane. I mean, I have a schedule for a reason bu...

    The second book in Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series is just as captivating as the first one. You can totally read Together Forever as a standalone novel but I do feel like you'll get some of the emotional undercurrents better if you've read With You Always. And this is such an amazin...

    My list of book to read keeps growing. I haven't read the first book in this series, and now I NEED to because I enjoyed this one! This book is set in New York City, a train, and rural town in the country. I liked "seeing" the transition between city life and country life in the 185...

    Jody Hedlund does it again. I am blown away by what an amazing author she is. Somehow, within just a few short pages, she can pull you into a story and make you not want to leave until it is finished. I have to be honest. I did not like Marianne as a character in the first book, With...

    Ms. Hedlund has a gift for transporting the reader to a different time and place in her writing. Together Forever is no exception. Beginning in New York City with several orphans in need of permanent loving homes, Marianne and Drew work together with children of various ages and backgr...

  • Kav
    Aug 07, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

    The wagon orphan trains of the past drew me to this book and truthfully the series since I worked in an orphanage two summers back in '08 and '09. The plight of these children in this book was especially sad and I found my heart breaking a number of times. I cannot imagine the logi...

    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train Series. As usual, Jody Hedlund has woven a terrific tale. She capably turns her research into a realistic story that tugs at your heart. She puts you right in the story through the setting and you feel the plig...

    " 'Go away!' . . .. . . But the steps grew nearer. 'Don't come around the desk. Please . . .. ' " Not the most traditional of introductions, but maybe it was just meant to be, that Marianne Neumann and Andrew Brady should happen to meet under such entertaining circumstances. Both we...

    2.5 stars. Rtc ...

    Jody Hedlund never disappoints! I can always count on a good read when I pick up one her books and Together Forever was fantastic. This is book two of her Orphan Train series. I loved reading about Marianne's trip on the placing out train trip. Ms. Hedlund did a wonderful job of recrea...

    Together Forever is the second book in Jody Hedlunds Orphan Train series. Though this book can stand alone, I do recommend reading the first. It will help you better understand the characters in this read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It isn?t often, if ever, that I?ve read a...

    Together Forever is what I have been waiting for all year. I absolutely loved Jody Hedlund?s beginning of her Orphan Train series, With You Always. The wait for book two was well worth it. I love how the author uses vivid historical details for her stories. She knows how to transport...

    In all honesty, when I requested a review copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, I did hesitate?just a little. You see, along with mail-order brides and Amish courtships, orphan trains can tend to lend themselves to formulaic and rehashed plots. But I just suspected that Jody Hedlu...

    Jody Hedlund has yet to write a book (that I've read) that I haven't loved. Her Orphan Train series has captured my heart and my mind. Waiting between releases is torture. Having the book sitting on my stack waiting it's turn to read? Inhumane. I mean, I have a schedule for a reason bu...

    The second book in Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series is just as captivating as the first one. You can totally read Together Forever as a standalone novel but I do feel like you'll get some of the emotional undercurrents better if you've read With You Always. And this is such an amazin...

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    Jun 06, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

  • Vera Godley
    May 15, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

  • Fizzy
    May 12, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

    The wagon orphan trains of the past drew me to this book and truthfully the series since I worked in an orphanage two summers back in '08 and '09. The plight of these children in this book was especially sad and I found my heart breaking a number of times. I cannot imagine the logi...

    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train Series. As usual, Jody Hedlund has woven a terrific tale. She capably turns her research into a realistic story that tugs at your heart. She puts you right in the story through the setting and you feel the plig...

    " 'Go away!' . . .. . . But the steps grew nearer. 'Don't come around the desk. Please . . .. ' " Not the most traditional of introductions, but maybe it was just meant to be, that Marianne Neumann and Andrew Brady should happen to meet under such entertaining circumstances. Both we...

    2.5 stars. Rtc ...

    Jody Hedlund never disappoints! I can always count on a good read when I pick up one her books and Together Forever was fantastic. This is book two of her Orphan Train series. I loved reading about Marianne's trip on the placing out train trip. Ms. Hedlund did a wonderful job of recrea...

    Together Forever is the second book in Jody Hedlunds Orphan Train series. Though this book can stand alone, I do recommend reading the first. It will help you better understand the characters in this read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It isn?t often, if ever, that I?ve read a...

    Together Forever is what I have been waiting for all year. I absolutely loved Jody Hedlund?s beginning of her Orphan Train series, With You Always. The wait for book two was well worth it. I love how the author uses vivid historical details for her stories. She knows how to transport...

    In all honesty, when I requested a review copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, I did hesitate?just a little. You see, along with mail-order brides and Amish courtships, orphan trains can tend to lend themselves to formulaic and rehashed plots. But I just suspected that Jody Hedlu...

    Jody Hedlund has yet to write a book (that I've read) that I haven't loved. Her Orphan Train series has captured my heart and my mind. Waiting between releases is torture. Having the book sitting on my stack waiting it's turn to read? Inhumane. I mean, I have a schedule for a reason bu...

  • Martha
    Apr 23, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

  • Kara
    May 26, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

  • Susan Snodgrass
    Apr 24, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

  • Kristine Morgan
    May 04, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

    The wagon orphan trains of the past drew me to this book and truthfully the series since I worked in an orphanage two summers back in '08 and '09. The plight of these children in this book was especially sad and I found my heart breaking a number of times. I cannot imagine the logi...

    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train Series. As usual, Jody Hedlund has woven a terrific tale. She capably turns her research into a realistic story that tugs at your heart. She puts you right in the story through the setting and you feel the plig...

    " 'Go away!' . . .. . . But the steps grew nearer. 'Don't come around the desk. Please . . .. ' " Not the most traditional of introductions, but maybe it was just meant to be, that Marianne Neumann and Andrew Brady should happen to meet under such entertaining circumstances. Both we...

    2.5 stars. Rtc ...

    Jody Hedlund never disappoints! I can always count on a good read when I pick up one her books and Together Forever was fantastic. This is book two of her Orphan Train series. I loved reading about Marianne's trip on the placing out train trip. Ms. Hedlund did a wonderful job of recrea...

  • Cheryl Baranski
    May 30, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

    The wagon orphan trains of the past drew me to this book and truthfully the series since I worked in an orphanage two summers back in '08 and '09. The plight of these children in this book was especially sad and I found my heart breaking a number of times. I cannot imagine the logi...

    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train Series. As usual, Jody Hedlund has woven a terrific tale. She capably turns her research into a realistic story that tugs at your heart. She puts you right in the story through the setting and you feel the plig...

    " 'Go away!' . . .. . . But the steps grew nearer. 'Don't come around the desk. Please . . .. ' " Not the most traditional of introductions, but maybe it was just meant to be, that Marianne Neumann and Andrew Brady should happen to meet under such entertaining circumstances. Both we...

    2.5 stars. Rtc ...

    Jody Hedlund never disappoints! I can always count on a good read when I pick up one her books and Together Forever was fantastic. This is book two of her Orphan Train series. I loved reading about Marianne's trip on the placing out train trip. Ms. Hedlund did a wonderful job of recrea...

    Together Forever is the second book in Jody Hedlunds Orphan Train series. Though this book can stand alone, I do recommend reading the first. It will help you better understand the characters in this read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It isn?t often, if ever, that I?ve read a...

    Together Forever is what I have been waiting for all year. I absolutely loved Jody Hedlund?s beginning of her Orphan Train series, With You Always. The wait for book two was well worth it. I love how the author uses vivid historical details for her stories. She knows how to transport...

    In all honesty, when I requested a review copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, I did hesitate?just a little. You see, along with mail-order brides and Amish courtships, orphan trains can tend to lend themselves to formulaic and rehashed plots. But I just suspected that Jody Hedlu...

    Jody Hedlund has yet to write a book (that I've read) that I haven't loved. Her Orphan Train series has captured my heart and my mind. Waiting between releases is torture. Having the book sitting on my stack waiting it's turn to read? Inhumane. I mean, I have a schedule for a reason bu...

    The second book in Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series is just as captivating as the first one. You can totally read Together Forever as a standalone novel but I do feel like you'll get some of the emotional undercurrents better if you've read With You Always. And this is such an amazin...

    My list of book to read keeps growing. I haven't read the first book in this series, and now I NEED to because I enjoyed this one! This book is set in New York City, a train, and rural town in the country. I liked "seeing" the transition between city life and country life in the 185...

    Jody Hedlund does it again. I am blown away by what an amazing author she is. Somehow, within just a few short pages, she can pull you into a story and make you not want to leave until it is finished. I have to be honest. I did not like Marianne as a character in the first book, With...

    Ms. Hedlund has a gift for transporting the reader to a different time and place in her writing. Together Forever is no exception. Beginning in New York City with several orphans in need of permanent loving homes, Marianne and Drew work together with children of various ages and backgr...

    TOGETHER FOREVER is a really, really good book. I actually cried at the end, it was such a beautiful ending. I really got into the book, I sympathized with the characters very strongly. They became real. Ms. Hedlund used a lot a humor and I felt the emotions that the agents had...

    Together Forever is book two in the Orphan Train series by Jody Hedlund. Together Forever is a wonderful story that will tug at your heartstrings. It captured me right from the start and didn?t let me go until the very end. It felt as though I was in the middle of the story it is tha...

  • Denise Hershberger
    Jun 24, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

    The wagon orphan trains of the past drew me to this book and truthfully the series since I worked in an orphanage two summers back in '08 and '09. The plight of these children in this book was especially sad and I found my heart breaking a number of times. I cannot imagine the logi...

  • Amy
    May 15, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

    The wagon orphan trains of the past drew me to this book and truthfully the series since I worked in an orphanage two summers back in '08 and '09. The plight of these children in this book was especially sad and I found my heart breaking a number of times. I cannot imagine the logi...

    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train Series. As usual, Jody Hedlund has woven a terrific tale. She capably turns her research into a realistic story that tugs at your heart. She puts you right in the story through the setting and you feel the plig...

    " 'Go away!' . . .. . . But the steps grew nearer. 'Don't come around the desk. Please . . .. ' " Not the most traditional of introductions, but maybe it was just meant to be, that Marianne Neumann and Andrew Brady should happen to meet under such entertaining circumstances. Both we...

    2.5 stars. Rtc ...

    Jody Hedlund never disappoints! I can always count on a good read when I pick up one her books and Together Forever was fantastic. This is book two of her Orphan Train series. I loved reading about Marianne's trip on the placing out train trip. Ms. Hedlund did a wonderful job of recrea...

    Together Forever is the second book in Jody Hedlunds Orphan Train series. Though this book can stand alone, I do recommend reading the first. It will help you better understand the characters in this read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It isn?t often, if ever, that I?ve read a...

    Together Forever is what I have been waiting for all year. I absolutely loved Jody Hedlund?s beginning of her Orphan Train series, With You Always. The wait for book two was well worth it. I love how the author uses vivid historical details for her stories. She knows how to transport...

  • Rebecca
    May 07, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

    The wagon orphan trains of the past drew me to this book and truthfully the series since I worked in an orphanage two summers back in '08 and '09. The plight of these children in this book was especially sad and I found my heart breaking a number of times. I cannot imagine the logi...

    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train Series. As usual, Jody Hedlund has woven a terrific tale. She capably turns her research into a realistic story that tugs at your heart. She puts you right in the story through the setting and you feel the plig...

    " 'Go away!' . . .. . . But the steps grew nearer. 'Don't come around the desk. Please . . .. ' " Not the most traditional of introductions, but maybe it was just meant to be, that Marianne Neumann and Andrew Brady should happen to meet under such entertaining circumstances. Both we...

  • Staci
    May 05, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

  • Mikayla
    Jun 06, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

  • Brittany
    May 17, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

  • Rachael
    Apr 21, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

    The wagon orphan trains of the past drew me to this book and truthfully the series since I worked in an orphanage two summers back in '08 and '09. The plight of these children in this book was especially sad and I found my heart breaking a number of times. I cannot imagine the logi...

    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train Series. As usual, Jody Hedlund has woven a terrific tale. She capably turns her research into a realistic story that tugs at your heart. She puts you right in the story through the setting and you feel the plig...

    " 'Go away!' . . .. . . But the steps grew nearer. 'Don't come around the desk. Please . . .. ' " Not the most traditional of introductions, but maybe it was just meant to be, that Marianne Neumann and Andrew Brady should happen to meet under such entertaining circumstances. Both we...

    2.5 stars. Rtc ...

    Jody Hedlund never disappoints! I can always count on a good read when I pick up one her books and Together Forever was fantastic. This is book two of her Orphan Train series. I loved reading about Marianne's trip on the placing out train trip. Ms. Hedlund did a wonderful job of recrea...

    Together Forever is the second book in Jody Hedlunds Orphan Train series. Though this book can stand alone, I do recommend reading the first. It will help you better understand the characters in this read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It isn?t often, if ever, that I?ve read a...

  • Haley S
    May 20, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

    The wagon orphan trains of the past drew me to this book and truthfully the series since I worked in an orphanage two summers back in '08 and '09. The plight of these children in this book was especially sad and I found my heart breaking a number of times. I cannot imagine the logi...

    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train Series. As usual, Jody Hedlund has woven a terrific tale. She capably turns her research into a realistic story that tugs at your heart. She puts you right in the story through the setting and you feel the plig...

    " 'Go away!' . . .. . . But the steps grew nearer. 'Don't come around the desk. Please . . .. ' " Not the most traditional of introductions, but maybe it was just meant to be, that Marianne Neumann and Andrew Brady should happen to meet under such entertaining circumstances. Both we...

    2.5 stars. Rtc ...

    Jody Hedlund never disappoints! I can always count on a good read when I pick up one her books and Together Forever was fantastic. This is book two of her Orphan Train series. I loved reading about Marianne's trip on the placing out train trip. Ms. Hedlund did a wonderful job of recrea...

    Together Forever is the second book in Jody Hedlunds Orphan Train series. Though this book can stand alone, I do recommend reading the first. It will help you better understand the characters in this read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It isn?t often, if ever, that I?ve read a...

    Together Forever is what I have been waiting for all year. I absolutely loved Jody Hedlund?s beginning of her Orphan Train series, With You Always. The wait for book two was well worth it. I love how the author uses vivid historical details for her stories. She knows how to transport...

    In all honesty, when I requested a review copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, I did hesitate?just a little. You see, along with mail-order brides and Amish courtships, orphan trains can tend to lend themselves to formulaic and rehashed plots. But I just suspected that Jody Hedlu...

    Jody Hedlund has yet to write a book (that I've read) that I haven't loved. Her Orphan Train series has captured my heart and my mind. Waiting between releases is torture. Having the book sitting on my stack waiting it's turn to read? Inhumane. I mean, I have a schedule for a reason bu...

    The second book in Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series is just as captivating as the first one. You can totally read Together Forever as a standalone novel but I do feel like you'll get some of the emotional undercurrents better if you've read With You Always. And this is such an amazin...

    My list of book to read keeps growing. I haven't read the first book in this series, and now I NEED to because I enjoyed this one! This book is set in New York City, a train, and rural town in the country. I liked "seeing" the transition between city life and country life in the 185...

    Jody Hedlund does it again. I am blown away by what an amazing author she is. Somehow, within just a few short pages, she can pull you into a story and make you not want to leave until it is finished. I have to be honest. I did not like Marianne as a character in the first book, With...

  • Dana Michael
    Apr 28, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

  • Tricia Mingerink
    May 10, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

  • Jennifer
    Jul 02, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

  • Paula Shreckhise
    May 08, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

    The wagon orphan trains of the past drew me to this book and truthfully the series since I worked in an orphanage two summers back in '08 and '09. The plight of these children in this book was especially sad and I found my heart breaking a number of times. I cannot imagine the logi...

    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train Series. As usual, Jody Hedlund has woven a terrific tale. She capably turns her research into a realistic story that tugs at your heart. She puts you right in the story through the setting and you feel the plig...

  • Victoria Lynn
    Jun 18, 2018

    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a ...

    I was so excited to finally join Bethany House reviews and this book's synopsis looked perfect. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations at all. Disclaimer: I did not finish the book. All thoughts are based on the first few chapters and what I skim read. I tried to ...

    I loved that this second book in the series was directly involved with the placing out of orphans and their experiences along the journey. I've been fascinated by this part of history since reading the Orphan Train Adventures books by Joan Lowrey Nixon as a youth, and now that I've ado...

    Anytime I pick up a book by Jody Hedlund I know three things for certain: I will learn something new about history. My heart will be deeply touched. I will swoon. Together Forever met all of the above expectations ? and exceeded them. I love that the author does a lot of h...

    The author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne?s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of spar...

    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for thes...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Lp97Xb Together Forever ranks among my favorite of Jody Hedlund?s books. As with all that she writes, you will find rich historical detail, romance that is palpable, and even a little suspense. Just an enjoyable read in every way. ...

    What a sweet story! I knew, after reading book one With You Always, that I wanted more time with the orphans, and how happy was I to get it. :) Marianne and Drew have quite the journey to their happy ever after and I thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs that came! Starting with ...

    I believe that Jody Hedlund can write well. However, I'm not sure she'll write a story that really compels me. The historical aspect of this story was heartbreaking, but the MCs were too immature for me to enjoy this story. There was a lot of taking responsibility for things over which...

    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them." Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are ...

    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand. This is the second Neumann sister?s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I real...

    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were....

    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train. In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for c...

    The trauma and heart-hurting rawness of families torn apart, abandoned, suffering, and being given away to others is poignantly written into the pages of Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. She has fleshed out the story of peoples in the mid-1800's who because of poverty found themselv...

    The wagon orphan trains of the past drew me to this book and truthfully the series since I worked in an orphanage two summers back in '08 and '09. The plight of these children in this book was especially sad and I found my heart breaking a number of times. I cannot imagine the logi...

    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train Series. As usual, Jody Hedlund has woven a terrific tale. She capably turns her research into a realistic story that tugs at your heart. She puts you right in the story through the setting and you feel the plig...

    " 'Go away!' . . .. . . But the steps grew nearer. 'Don't come around the desk. Please . . .. ' " Not the most traditional of introductions, but maybe it was just meant to be, that Marianne Neumann and Andrew Brady should happen to meet under such entertaining circumstances. Both we...

    2.5 stars. Rtc ...